Gilbert the Alien
|No. of series||5|
|No. of episodes||91 (60 Saturday, 31 Sunday)|
|Production company(s)||Tyne Tees Television|
|Original network||ITV Network (CITV)|
|Original release||3 May 1986– 28 August 1988|
Get Fresh was a children's television programme that ran from 1986 to 1988 in the United Kingdom.
A Saturday-morning kids' TV show, broadcast on the Children's ITV network. The show starred Gareth Jones (aka Gaz Top), Charlotte Hindle, and, for the first year of its run, Gian Sammarco, the British child actor best known for his portrayal of the character 'Adrian Mole'. Sammarco was replaced for the 2nd and 3rd series by a puppet named Gilbert the Alien (voiced by Phil Cornwell). Each week the series would be broadcast from a different UK location and centred on the Millennium Dustbin, a fictional space ship in which the presenters would travel the country. The show invited a live audience to attend and give vox-pop comments, to give presentations on local community activities, and to participate in games and challenges. The show featured a unique play-by-phone challenge, using the Amiga video game Xenon, where viewers would call in and shout "left, left, right, shoot" commands to a blindfolded player. Get Fresh also featured the animated series The Centurions and The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers.
Get Fresh Sunday was a pre-recorded Sunday morning edition of the show also presented by Gaz, Charlotte and Gilbert. This spin-off featured The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin and Gummi Bears and studio-based interviews and features, and was more item-based than the activity driven Saturday live show.
Gilbert later featured in a further two series for Tyne Tees Television, Gilbert's Fridge (1988) and Gilbert's Late (1990).
The series was administrated by Tyne Tees Television, but was produced in conjunction with local ITV station from where the series was to broadcast that week:
The Sunday edition of the programme was produced solely by Border Television. The theme music for the programme was written by Mick Jones of The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite fame.
Series 1 - 1986
- 3 May - Windermere (Border)
- 10 May - Porthcawl (HTV Wales)
- 17 May - Newcastle (Tyne Tees)
- 24 May - Glasgow Mayfest (Scottish)
- 31 May - Carumunnock Highland Games (Grampian)
- 7 June - Portrush (Ulster)
- 14 June - Cardiff Castle (HTV Wales)
- 21 June - Colchester Zoo (Anglia)
- 28 June - Bath Festival of Steam (HTV West)
- 5 July - Weymouth Beach (TSW)
- 12 July - Bellahouston Park, Glasgow (Scottish)
- 19 July - Aberdeen (Grampian)
- 26 July - Swaffham (Anglia)
- 2 August - Whitehaven Harbour (Border)
- 9 August - Scone Palace, Perth (Grampian)
- 16 August - Ashton Court Park, Bristol (HTV West)
- 23 August - Newcastle (Tyne Tees)
- 30 August - Carlisle Castle (Border)
- 6 September - Beamish Open Air Museum, Newcastle (Tyne Tees)
- 13 September - Plymouth Hoe (TSW)
Series 2 - 1987
- 25 April and 2 May - Studio-based episodes made by Border.
- 9 May - Sheepmount Athletics track, Carlisle (Border)
- 16 May - Yeovil (TSW)
- 23 May - Duxford Air Museum (Anglia)
- 30 May - Edinburgh Castle (Scottish)
- 6 June - Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (Grampian)
- 13 June - Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen (Ulster)
- 20 June - Ulster Folk Museum (Ulster)
- 27 June - New Lanark Old Mill Town (Scottish)
- 4 July - Cardiff Ice Rink (HTV Wales)
- 11 July - Plymouth (TSW)
- 18 July - Newquay (TSW)
- 25 July - Kelso Agricultural Fair (Border)
- 1 August - Clydebank (Scottish)
- 8 August - Northumberland Scout and Guide Camp, Gosforth Park (Tyne Tees)
- 15 August - Border TV, Carlisle (Border)
- 22 August - Norwich (Anglia)
- 29 August - Bristol (HTV West)
Series 3 - 1988
- 9 April - Newcastle, County Down (Ulster)
- 16 April - Giant's Causeway (Ulster)
- 23 April - Maritime Museum, Exeter (TSW)
- 30 April - Lord Montagu's Transport Museum, Beaulieu (TVS)
- 7 May - St Austell (TSW)
- 14 May - Great Yarmouth (Anglia)
- 21 May - Galloway Games, Stranraer (Border)
- 28 May - Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough (Anglia)
- 4 June - Roman fort, South Shields (Tyne Tees)
- 11 June - Dundee (Grampian)
- 18 June - Killington Lake services (Border)
- 25 June - Glasgow Show, Bellahouston Park (Scottish)
- 2 July - Summerlee Heritage Trust, Coatbridge (Scottish)
- 9 July - Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (Grampian)
- 16 July - Glasgow Garden Festival (Scottish)
- 23 July - Teignmouth (TSW)
- 30 July - Douglas, Isle of Man (Border)
- 6 August - Metrocentre, Gateshead (Tyne Tees)
- 13 August - Weston-super-Mare (HTV West)
- 20 August - Tavistock Meadows (TSW)
- 27 August - Port Talbot (HTV Wales)
- Series 1: 20 editions from 3 May 1986 – 13 September 1986 (Saturdays)
- Series 2: 19 editions from 25 April 1987 – 29 August 1987 (Saturdays)
- Series 3: 10 editions from 26 April 1987 – 28 June 1987 (Sundays)
- Series 4: 21 editions from 9 April 1988 – 27 August 1988 (Saturdays)
- Series 5: 21 editions from 10 April 1988 – 28 August 1988 (Sundays)
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